ON THE DAILY BIBLE READINGS
September 1, 2009
Psalm 1:1-6 – As I read through this passage, one phrase hit me in a way I have never considered before: “Blessed is the man who does not… stand in the way of sinners…” I have definitely read this verse before, however I have always interpreted it to mean “stand like sinners” as in blessed is he who does not in some way or another act like a sinner. But this time, I read it as blessed is he who does not stand between someone and sin, as though we are instructed not to impede a sinner in their depravity. In one way, this seems nonsensical, however at a closer glance it makes sense; sinners are not sinners because they sin, so stopping their sin does not solve any problems. Curing their sinfulness, however, does. Perhaps we are not to seek adhesion to righteous living from the unrighteous, but rather their surrender to Christ to receive His perfect righteousness. Profound. September 2, 2009
Psalm 2:1-6 – These verses speak such truth into the spiritual climate that exists in America today. The rulers and governing bodies consistently try to devalue Christianity’s role in the American lifestyle, scoffing at beliefs as superstitious and working to “throw off [our] fetters.” I love the Lord’s response – laughter. He is so far above us! September 8, 2010
Psalm 6:1-5 – I love the utter dependence David is placing on God for his salvation. In his trials and distress, as great and as many as they were during his life, he looked only to God for salvation, the only true source of salvation around. Because of this, even in his anguish and pain, he was never alone. The comfort of God’s sovereignty was always present with the hurt. September 10, 2010
Psalm 7:1-8 – I love David’s reference to the lion in verse two. For me, it comes to life so vividly because we know of David’s own first hand experience with the lion that he gives to King Saul right before he fights Goliath. So when David...